- The definition of casual is someone or something relaxed, occasional, not planned or informal.
- An example of casual clothing is jeans and a t-shirt.
- An example of a casual date is meeting someone for coffee.
- An example of a casual encounter is happening to see someone at the movies.
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- happening by chance; not planned; incidental: a casual visit
- happening, active, etc. at irregular intervals; occasional: a casual worker
- slight or superficial: a casual acquaintance
- careless or cursory: far too casual in his methods
- nonchalant; dispassionate: affecting casual unconcern
- informal or relaxed: a casual atmosphere
- designed for informal occasions or use: casual clothes
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French casuel ; from Late Latin casualis, by chance ; from Classical Latin casus, chance, event: see case
- one who does something only occasionally or temporarily, esp. a casual worker
- shoes, clothes, etc. designed for informal occasions
- Mil. a person temporarily attached to a unit, awaiting a permanent assignment or transportation
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- Occurring by chance. See Synonyms at chance.
- a. Occurring at irregular or infrequent intervals; occasional: casual employment at a factory; a casual correspondence with a former teacher.b. Unpremeditated; offhand: a casual remark.
- a. Being without ceremony or formality; relaxed: a casual evening with friends.b. Suited for everyday wear or use; informal.
- Not serious or thorough; superficial: a casual inspection.
- a. Showing little interest or concern; nonchalant: a casual disregard for cold weather.b. Lenient; permissive: a casual attitude toward drugs.
- Not close or intimate; passing: a casual acquaintance with avant-garde music.
- One that serves or appears at irregular intervals, especially a temporary worker.
- casuals Casualwear: sent my casuals to the cleaners.
- A soldier temporarily attached to a unit while awaiting permanent assignment.
Origin: Middle English casuel, from Old French, from Latin cāsuālis, from cāsus, event; see case1.
- caˈsu·al·ly adverb
- caˈsu·al·ness noun